Baltimore County Announces Innovative, Hybrid Summer Youth Employment Program

Amid the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will provide an innovative Summer Youth Employment Program that will offer a hybrid of virtual training and onsite opportunities. Beginning July 6, Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for youth, ages 14 to 21, offering real-world work experiences. This year, students will be placed in either virtual or onsite opportunities. “While…

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Board of Public Works Pares Cuts, Spares Counties

The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) today approved $413 million in state budget cuts proposed by Governor Larry Hogan to account for increased spending and reduced revenues amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the BPW — a three-member panel which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — was originally set to consider $672 million in state budget cuts as part of the effort…

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Baltimore City Announces Small Business Rebate Program

Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced a grant program that will allow restaurants to submit applications for reimbursement of permit fees associated with starting or expanding outdoor seating capacity. The Small Business Rebate Program is the latest effort in Mayor Young's Outdoor Seating Relief Program and Outdoor Dining and Street Closure Program. Through the rebate program, restaurants are eligible to receive grants to help reimburse all of the permitting costs associated with…

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Hogan Announces $210 Million for Remote Learning and Targeted Tutoring

Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced $210 million in additional funding to ensure that more students are able to access remote learning and expand targeted tutoring initiatives for at-risk students. $100 million will be made available to local school systems to ensure students have access to devices and connectivity. $100 million will be allocated to implement tutoring and learning programs targeted to help students at-risk. $10 million will be used for the…

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Reminder: SDAT’s 2020 Annual Business Filings Due in Two Weeks

2020 Annual Reports and/or Personal Property Tax Returns must be filed for all domestic and foreign business entities with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) by Wednesday, July 15. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SDAT in March announced that the 2020 deadline to submit Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns would be automatically extended to July 15 as part of the Hogan administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expiration dates for…

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Local Election Administrators Urge (Mostly) Vote-By-Mail Election in November

The Maryland Association of Election Of Election Officials (MAEO) is calling for Maryland's 2020 general election to be conducted primarily via mail, with more in-person voting centers and five days of in-person early voting. MAEO is the professional membership organization comprised of local election officials and Election Boards from all 24 jurisdictions in the State of Maryland. In a letter to Governor Hogan, the State Board of Elections, and General Assembly leadership, MAEO says that…

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Maryland Senate Republicans Oppose Statewide Vote-By-Mail Election in November

Maryland Senate Republicans resist calls for a (mostly) vote-my-mail general election in November. The Maryland Senate Republican Caucus yesterday sent a letter to the State Board of Elections urging against calls for a (mostly) vote-by-mail election in November. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Senate President Ferguson and Chair of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee Paul Pinsky are recommending a “hybrid mail-in ballot preferred election” with four critical changes from the June…

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BPW to Consider More than $670 Million in State Budget Cuts

The Board of Public Works (BPW) next week will consider $672 million in state budget cuts to account for increased spending and reduced revenues amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. Funding for state agencies, entitlement programs, and local aid — including transportation, local health grants, community colleges, libraries, disparity grants, and public safety — could be on the chopping block as part of the Department of Budget and Management's effort to offset COVID-19-related economic woes.…

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DHCD to Counties: Here’s What We’re Doing to Tackle COVID-19 Housing Issues

In a letter to county leadership, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) shares what actions it is taking to address COVID-19 related housing issues in response to county concerns that more is needed.  The June 25 letter from DHCD to county leadership discusses the Department's actions related to affordable housing and assisted rental housing, homelessness, and homeownership. In regards to affordable housing and assisted rental housing: We have worked with properties in our…

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Secretaries of Labor and Commerce Brief Joint COVID-19 Workgroup

The Secretaries provide updates on state unemployment insurance programs and business recovery programs.  The workgroup was joined by the Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson and Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz. Secretary Robinson discussed how the Department has increased staff, added new technology, and worked to improve communication while operating during the pandemic. By the numbers as of Wednesday, the Department has paid out a historic amount of benefits -- $2.7 billion in both…

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